The Bee Gees were one of the most successful rock-pop groups of all time. Born in Douglas, Isle of Man , to Hugh and Barbara Gibb, Gibb started his music career in in Manchester , England, joining the skiffle-rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes ,  which later evolved into the Bee Gees in when they moved to Australia. Following Gibb's death in , his son collected his award at Buckingham Palace in He was the fraternal twin of Robin Gibb , and was the younger of the two by 35 minutes. At that time, he had one sister, Lesley, and one additional brother, Barry another brother, Andy , would be born in Around that time, Gibb and his brothers were heard harmonising by their parents. The group's first major appearance was on 28 December when they performed at a local Gaumont cinema where children were invited to sing between films. They had planned to sing along to a 78 rpm record which Lesley had just been given as a Christmas present, but on the way Gibb dropped and broke it, so they sang live.
Andy Gibb singing 'White Christmas' as a tribute to Bing Crosby in is a rare piece of footage of the Gibb brother performing without the Bee Gees. Andy Gibb was known as the 'other' Bee Gee. The younger brother of Barry , Robin and Maurice Gibb would often sing with his siblings, but also had a successful singing career of his own. In a video from , Andy Gibb can be seen wearing a tuxedo as he takes to the stage in New York and gives a short speech in tribute to Bing Crosby. The year-old star then dedicates his next song to Mr Crosby before the music starts and the Gibb brother sings a beautiful rendition of the legend's hit song, ' White Christmas '. The video was filmed at an important time in Andy Gibb's life; he was on a verge of a break-up with the 'love of his life' Victoria Principal, with whom he had just released his last ever single, a version of The Everly Brothers' 'All I Have to Do Is Dream. Andy Gibb was also the host of music television show Solid Gold in and and performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway , but he was eventually sadly fired from both jobs due to his absenteeism. The youngest Gibb brother fought a battle with drug addiction all of his life and would eventually succumb to it, dying from a heart attack caused by cocaine use when he was just years-old.
The Bee Gees’ last surviving member on falling out with his brothers before they died
The trio had their first hit in They became even more famous in the s with their stirring ballads and catchy dance songs. Gibb also worked with other artists, including Kenny Rogers and Barbra Streisand.
It was 32 years ago today March 10th, that Andy Gibb died. Andy, who was the younger brother of the Bee Gees -- Barry , Robin and Maurice Gibb -- died just five days after his 30th birthday from an inflammatory heart virus exacerbated by years of substance abuse. Andy, who was almost a decade younger than his brothers, had desperately wanted to become part of the group, but because of his age he missed out on the Bee Gees' first era of success in the late-'60s. By the time he was 19, he had emigrated from Australia to be with his brothers, who helped him sign with Robert Stigwood, who managed the group and owned their record label, RSO.